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Stars and style at the Open

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When Maria Sharapova walked out for her opening match at this year's Australian Open it appeared as if the Russian bombshell walked to the court straight from from bed.

The 'baby-doll nightie', as they are calling it, that she sported was also worn by Croatian beauty Karolina Sprem. And, needless to say, it sent several hearts racing at Melbourne Park.

Fourth seeded Sharapova's powder-blue, dress described as "empire line", resembled a nightdress. In fact, it took the commentators by surprise, prompting one to say the Russian ace needn't change after her late night match against Ashley Harkelroad, which she won quite easily, and could go straight to bed.

Karolina Sprem sported a similar 'nightie' in lavender, though it failed to inspire her against top seed Lindsay Davenport.

India's tennis sensation Sania Mirza turned up in an all-black two piece, while the Williams sisters also made a strong fashion statement with their colourful outfits.

Serbia and Montenegro's Ana Ivanovic, who topped Sharapova in a tennis fans' poll of 'sexy' players, also looked sizzling hot in red.

A look at the some of the beauties at the first Grand Slam of 2006:
Maria Sharapova
Nicole Vaidisova
Daniela Hantuchova
Sania Mirza
Serena Williams
Karolina Sprem
Ana Ivanovic
Venus Williams

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